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From left, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota CEO Bob Sanderson and Associate Director of Development Laurie Wigtil receive a $75,000 donation from Gate City Bank from its President Steve Swiontek.

Lutheran Social Services receives Gate City donation

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Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall has received a $75,000 donation from Gate City Bank toward construction of an art and music center currently underway as part of a $1.5 million addition and renovation.

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Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall serves 16 youth ages 10 to 18 from across North Dakota diagnosed with emotional, behavioral, substance abuse and academic problems and needing 24-hour care and treatment.

Gate City Bank Chairman, President and CEO Steve Swiontek said the donation will go a long way toward helping Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall residents.

"We often find that these kids have tremendous musical talents that have never previously been nurtured," he said. "The art and music center will help them learn and grow in a warm inviting environment and help them become productive members of society."

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota CEO Bob Sanderson commented, "I can't wait to see the kids' faces when they see this room. It sends them a message that they are valued and cared for. The art and music center will help our Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall residents express themselves in positive ways."

Along with the art and music center addition, the renovation will provide a facility with more adequate light, sound control, resident room sizes, recreation and activities space, counseling and conference rooms, an elevator, chapel and improved heating and ventilation and other improvements.

Ground was broken in August for this addition and renovation project for Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall, which is funded by the Abound in Hope capital campaign of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. An additional $5 million being raised by the capital campaign will construct a Center for Healing, Help and Hope in Fargo.

Lutheran Social Services Luther Hall offers individual, group and family psychotherapy, structured recreation and on-site classroom education.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a nonprofit social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans annually with affordable housing, food, disaster response, counseling and therapy and other social services. Established in 1919, Lutheran Social Services serves clients without regard to race, religion, gender or economic status.

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